A group of San Diego East Village (downtown) stakeholders, academics, and design professionals, including yours truly, have released a “white paper” proposing a vision for the area of high tech and creative businesses anchored by a new satellite campus of a major university. The group will hold a community workshop on March 5, 2016 (Saturday) at 9 AM at the New School of Architecture.
The white paper and workshop are being promoted in the midst of convention center and stadium proposals for the southern portion of the East Village, which are inconsistent with the existing downtown plan and zoning for the area, and have been proposed without the input of the impacted communities. Among other things, the white paper argues that it’s vision of an innovation district, including an “anchor institution,” e.g., a university campus, on the site on which a stadium is being proposed, would produce more opportunities for high wage jobs and higher education in the City’s urban neighborhoods, and a greater economic benefit to the entire region, than would entertainment and tourism uses.
For more information about the white paper or the workshop, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or me.